Björk and Rosalía team up to campaign against industrial fish farming
The Guardian reports on the Icelandic and Spanish singers first collaboration. Björk said large-scale farming has had a 'devastating effect on wildlife' in her country. In a statement accompanying the announcement, Björk wrote: "People at the fjord Seyðisfjörður have stood up and protested against fish farming starting there. We would like to donate sales of the song to help with their legal fees and hopefully it can be an exemplary case for others."
She said Iceland is "the biggest untouched nature in Europe and still today it has its sheep roaming free in the mountains; in the summers its fish have swum free in our lakes, rivers and fjords. So when Icelandic and Norwegian businessmen started buying fish farms in the majority of our fjords, it was a big shock and rose up as the main topic this summer. We don't understand how they had been able to do this for a decade with almost no regulations stopping them."
Industrial salmon farming, she continued, "has already had a devastating effect on wildlife and the farmed fish are suffering in horrid health conditions. And since a lot of them have escaped, they have started changing the DNA in the Icelandic salmon for the worse, and could eventually lead to its extinction."
The song's title has not been announced, but it will be released later this month; a 75-second preview has been published online.